Trend: Trench Coats


This Autumn/Winter, we’ll be seeing plenty of men’s trench coats, so if you’re wearing a mid-length or a long one, belted or loose, you’ll be in style all season long.

Trench coats are a practical but trendy cover-up—they’re the best of both worlds. They are a totally professional choice for any businessman, but they can also defy expectations with unanticipated details.


Take the runways for Autumn/Winter, for example: we saw Dior Homme’s tan trenchs paired with starched white shirts as a traditional trench coat example, but Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall coat with zippers serves as this season’s solution for updated elegance.

Burberry coatTraditionalists will appreciate timeless trench coat styles in beiges, camels, and black, but even the most straight-laced fashion critic can try an interesting shades of gray and navy this season. If you need more of a boost, trench coats have been made modern with new additions like zippers, pocket detailing, and extra buttons. The Burberry trademark coat is looking positively peppy in gilded, quilted leather. Gucci and Valentino versions are in black and silver—definitely a new spin on an older look. The trendiest trench styles have fur and larger buttons for a distinct departure from old styles.

Finding a lightweight coat will help fall weather transitions from hot to cold and back again. Trenchs this season have burst on the scene with loads of new fabrics, including cotton, leather, nylon, polyester, and wool. A popular choice—for all-weather appeal—is one in lightweight wool. If you choose a fall-weight coat, try for one with a removable liner to add comfort when the weather gets colder.

With the trend in full force, you’ll certainly be able to find one to flatter you. Don’t let your trench drown you if you are of shorter stature—go for a mid-length variety with a belt to cinch the waist and keep you looking trim.

Your coat demands accessorization. Go for complementary accessories—but don’t try anything too flashy! A trench coat is a very distinguished coat, so if you want to avoid any gangster vibes, avoid dark hats with large brims paired with a dark trench. Wear more relaxed caps, like a newsboy, or hats with a trendier touch, like those in “British-inspired” tweed.

For a stylish look at an affordable price, you can wear Banana Republic’s and Ralph Lauren’s affordable and traditional shapes. Burberry and Gieves and Hawkes are perfect trench coat purveyors for the stylish-but-simple man. Looking for an updated style for your “to-the-office” trench? Look no further than Karl Lagerfeld’s with a generous, comfortable cut for a new silhouette, but paired with a basic black.

Trenchs have really seen positive changes this Autumn/Winter, so if you’ve never owned one, now’s your chance. Whether you go slouchy and cool or classic and aristocratic, just remember that you’ll be enjoying the best of both worlds: a classic that will match with everything, and a trendy look that will take you from the office to a weekend stroll.